Liverpool don’t want to finish higher than eighth and here we explain why

first_img1 Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea may well have helped them avoid kicking off next season in the Europa League qualifiers on 28 July.The point against the Blues means the Reds remained in eighth position and on course to equal their worst placing in the Premier League era.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE TABLEIt also meant the Reds are in danger of missing out on European qualification for the third time in recent years, but could that be a blessing in disguise?With one more Premier League fixture to play in this campaign, Liverpool’s main focus is understandably the Europa League final against Sevilla on 18 May.Win that silverware and Jurgen Klopp’s team will qualify for the Champions League group stage, but should the Spanish club clinch a hat-trick of Europa League trophies it changes the picture for the Reds.Should Liverpool lose the Europa League final, these are the possible European qualification scenarios they face via their Premier League placing:If Liverpool finish sixth in the Premier League they would qualify for the Europa League group stage if Manchester United win the FA Cup, but would qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round if Crystal Palace win the FA CupHow can Liverpool finish sixth? The Reds need to beat West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, while Southampton fail to beat Crystal Palace at home and West Ham lose at Stoke City. Liverpool (currently +13, scored 62) would also need to finish with a better goal difference or goals scored than the Hammers (+15, scored 64).If Liverpool finish seventh in the Premier League they would qualify for the Europa League third qualifying round if Manchester United win the FA CupHow can Liverpool finish seventh? The Reds need to finish above Southampton, who are currently one point ahead with a better goal difference than Liverpool (+15 to +13, although Saints have scored much less, 55 to 62).If Liverpool remain eighth they cannot possibly qualify for the Europa League.Had Liverpool beaten Chelsea at Anfield, they would have leapfrogged Southampton in the table and been looking good to claim at least a spot in next season’s Europa League.Given that sixth place and a Palace FA Cup win, or seventh place, followed by Europa League final defeat would see Liverpool kicking off next season in the Europa League third qualifying round on 28 July, there is certainly a case to be made for the Reds preferring to finish eighth.It sums up modern football that Liverpool fans can find themselves simultaneously dreaming of winning the Europa League and praying they miss out on it altogether should they fall short against Sevilla.But with Jurgen Klopp building for his first full season at the helm, if they aren’t competing in the Champions League next autumn, there is certainly a case to be made that Liverpool’s Premier League form could benefit from the absence of Europe’s second competition.What do you think? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below. Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea kept them eighth below Southampton last_img read more

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WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING €6,778 USING ILLEGAL CHEQUEBOOK

first_imgA Letterkenny woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than €6,000 by illegally using a chequebook.Letterkenny Court.Fiona Devine, 41, of 18 St Columba’s Terrace, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan said the total amount of money involved was  €6,778 using 25 cheques.Ms Devine was charged with both theft and making gains by deception on October 1st, 2013.Among the premises allegedly defrauded was Ben Sweeney Electrical in Dungloe, La Maison, Letterkenny, Gibson Farm Services, Letetrkenny Chamber, Callaghans Motor Services, Burt, Tinney’s Oil, Letterkenny, Charles Kelly, Letterkenny and Private Collections of Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Judge Denis McLoughlin adjourned the case until February 16th, 2014 for hearing and sentencing.WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING €6,778 USING ILLEGAL CHEQUEBOOK was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:chequebookcourtdonegalFiona DevineGardaitheftlast_img read more

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NIGHTCLUBS LINE UP TOP STARS IN BATTLE FOR BUSINESS

first_imgTHE battle for business in one Co Donegal town has been wound up as club owners go head-to-head to compete for punters.The Pulse in Letterkenny is really pulling out all the stops with a massive relaunch on Saturday, March 31st, with former Boyzone singer Keith Duffy among top guests.And they follow that up eight days later with none other than JLS who will arrive in Donegal after a gig in Belfast the night before.Not to be outdone Sister Sara’s in the town has decided to have its own relaunch party next Saturday night – laying on free entry and free champagne. They’ve even done a promo video (above) to try to get the message out.Meanwhile at Voodoo/INK, they are also announcing big acts.“After two years of trying we’ve finally got Radio One DJ Annie Mac!” they said.NIGHTCLUBS LINE UP TOP STARS IN BATTLE FOR BUSINESS was last modified: March 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:INK/VoodooIT’S WAR! NIGHTCLUBS IN BATTLE FOR BUSINESSSister Sara’sThe Pulselast_img read more

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Competition: Win a luxury stay in Jackson’s Hotel to mark their upcoming October Wedding Fayre

first_imgJackson’s Hotel, set in the heart of Ballybofey (now part of the Villa Rose Hotel group) has much to offer prospective brides and grooms. Now under new ownership, the hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment over the past 9 months.In association with Donegal Daily, Jackson’s Hotel are offering an overnight stay to one of our lucky winners, who will be treated to a luxury overnight stay in the Honeymoon Suite on October 1st, the night of their glamorous Wedding Fayre this Sunday.All you have to do to enter is to like, share, and tag a bride or groom to be over on our Facebook page! Our lucky winner will be announced on Friday afternoon!The wedding suites at Jackson’s Hotel are some of the finest in Donegal. Magnificent, spacious and beautifully presented, they provide an outstanding setting for your wedding day.Depending on your preference we offer the choice of three suites in which to hold your reception. Each suite is self-contained with private bar, dance floor, entrance, stage and facilities. We cater for only one wedding per day guaranteeing you will be our absolute priority.The newest of these is the Finn Suite, which includes a private entrance that leads into a large and welcoming foyer. The sweeping staircase guides you up into the ballroom where you will find everything you need to hold the perfect event with private reception areas, bar, staging and more. As the name suggests, this room overlooks the beautiful Drumboe Woods & River Finn, with a private rooftop terrace overlooking the beautiful view for you and your guests to enjoy.Here at Jackson’s we cater for weddings of all sizes, be it a small intimate gathering or the traditional large family wedding.Visit us on Sunday, October 1st from 1pm where we will host our Autumn | Winter Wedding fayre, admission is free.Alternatively, call us to schedule a private one to one meeting with our Wedding Expert – Rhonda Gillespie, with over 20 years of experience in the wedding industry, Rhonda has a wealth of knowledge to share with you while planning your dream wedding.For more, call 00353749131021, visit www.jacksonshotel.ie, or drop them a line at weddings@jacksonshotel.ie Photo credit: Barbara McCrory PhotographyCompetition: Win a luxury stay in Jackson’s Hotel to mark their upcoming October Wedding Fayre was last modified: September 26th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bridecompetitiongroomJackson’s Hotelweddingwedding fayrelast_img read more

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Science Seeks Integrity After Scandals

first_imgThe Hwang scandal (01/09/2006) has prompted a good deal of international soul searching about scientific ethics.  (Now, it appears that Hwang also corrupted officials with monetary gifts; see New Scientist).  Some journals are preaching ethics like an old time revival is in session.  This raises an interesting question: what is the source of ethics?    Despite widespread belief in the scientific establishment that ethics is a product of evolution, leading journals are calling for the old Judeo-Christian moral qualities of integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and virtue.  For example, three bioethicists writing in Science1 (the journal victimized by Hwang’s deceit) recalled how the early chemist Robert Boyle (a staunch Christian) took steps to enforce honesty among his fellow scientists:In the 17th century, trust and integrity in science were central to the system of publication that we have inherited.  For example, the scientific community had to decide which reports from explorers from distant parts of the globe were reliable.  The issue also arose for the emerging experimental sciences, which Boyle and his colleagues at the Royal Society of London argued depended on actually witnessing the experimental events.  Boyle created the precursor to the modern scientific publication to provide sufficient detail so that other scientists could replicate the experiments, thus adding witnesses to the experimental data.  In cases where this was impractical, it would serve to produce sufficient information so that the readers were “virtual witnesses”.    An important part of 17th-century scientific epistemology concerned establishing how one could tell that the reports were worth believing.  This included information about the skill of purported “witnesses,” design of the author, internal consistency of the account given, and whether contradictory “testimony” existed in the scientific literature.  Perhaps the most important protection was the integrity of the “informant,”  Therefore, establishing the rules by which one was trustworthy (a “gentleman”) became critical.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The word integrity appears 12 times in this short editorial.  Though scientists today have inherited Boyle’s system of procedures to ensure trustworthiness, and though many institutions try to teach ethics, the authors deny that procedures can guarantee results without individual morality:Although some research universities now require that doctoral and postdoctoral students complete fairly elaborate courses in ethics, many more treat students to a sandbox morality lesson consisting of the admonition not to lie, cheat, or steal data.  The courses may have little effect on future misconduct.  The idea that research training, such as that required in the United States for some federally funded trainees and emphasized by the National Research Council report, in itself would have prevented fabrication on such a grand scale in South Korea strains credibility.    Teachers must themselves be judged by the authorities in our institutions–not only for their ability to produce science, but also to be scientists of virtue and integrity.  The ability to give testimony and to act as a witness can be modeled, and students should be allowed to exercise skills of discernment and skepticism about results that seem unlikely or behaviors that are worrisome without punishment.  The lesson to be learned is that we need to do a better job of holding research institutions accountable for setting up systems and mentorship that will produce integrity in its scientists.Nature,2 similarly, after the extent of the scandal came to light, pounded its pulpit about the centrality of ethics: “Research ethics matter immensely to the health of the scientific enterprise,” an Editorial pronounced: “Anyone who thinks differently should seek employment in another sphere.”  (What other spheres might be happy without ethics was left to the imagination.)  This same editorial tried to draw a distinction between relative and absolute ethical violations: “Furthermore, the question of what constitutes an ethical transgression may vary between societies that elect to impose different rules, whereas scientific fraud knows no borders.”  But can an evolutionary process yield universal standards of right and wrong?    Both Nature and Science discussed their initiatives to shore up the trustworthiness of papers they publish by fortifying the peer review process and opening the “black box” to public scrutiny.  These efforts, however praiseworthy, beg the question whether process can compensate for individual integrity.1Mildred K. Cho, Glenn McGee, David Magnus, “Lessons of the Stem Cell Scandal,” Science, 3 February 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5761, pp. 614 – 615, DOI: 10.1126/science.1124948.2Editorial, “Ethics and Fraud,” Nature 439, 117-118 (12 January 2006) | doi:10.1038/439117a.You can’t get blood out of a turnip, and you can’t get ethics out of evolution.  A simplistic evolutionary ethic is that whatever aids fitness is good.  This was the polluted fountain from which eugenics, social Darwinism, radical capitalism, nazism and communism sprung.  A less progressive evolutionary ethic is that whatever aids survival is good.  But a more reasoned analysis leads one to understand that ethics is utterly meaningless in Darwin’s world.  The word “good” does not even exist in the Darwin Dictionary.  Evolution is what evolution does.  The detached, dispassionate scientist watches a society kill itself through treachery and self-interest, and merely takes notes without any hint of judgment.  That is why even survival is not “good” or “bad” in an evolving, materialistic universe.  It may make you feel bad that a nation of terrorists swamps your alabaster city, or that a fellow scientist got rich by plagiarizing your work through bribery and fraud, but feelings are mere neurophysical responses to certain stimuli.  We must realize this when listening to the sermons of the Big Science revivalists; they are speaking nonsense to claim that integrity is good, or scientific progress is good, or fraud is bad.  Don’t let them borrow words from the Bible.  It is cheating to say cheating is a sin when you don’t believe sin exists.  To be consistent, an evolutionist would have to say, even if the whole planet destroyed itself, so what?  No big deal.  Things happen.    Now think even deeper.  All such words like fraud, misconduct, punishment, trust, integrity, virtue, and honesty are words describing true moral categories.  Evolutionists try to construe these words as artifacts of social evolution.  They employ game theory (02/10/2004, 09/05/2003) to describe means by which populations reward cooperators and punish non-cooperators.  They think that these natural means bypass the need for moral categories and yield systems of ethics that mimic the Judeo-Christian values and produce religion (see 02/02/2006 story).  Why, then, did Nature, which frequently publishes such ideas, say that “scientific fraud knows no borders”?  This is a statement assuming absolute morality.  Surely a consistent evolutionist could conceive of a population where completely different “ethical standards” might have emerged.  But if not, if they claim that moral absolutes familiar to us are inevitable by a process of evolution, then they have ascribed these moral qualities to matter, as if they were like constants of physics.  We could then ask anthropic questions, like what fine-tuned the moral constants to produce a universe in which honesty emerged as a universally-acknowledged virtue?    Secular scientists get worked up over ethics when serious lapses occur that threaten their trustworthiness.  Their speculations about how the moral sense evolved provide a thin cloak over an image of God they cannot hide.  By preaching virtue, integrity, trustworthiness and honesty, they are tacitly affirming the Biblical teaching that morality is rooted in the unchanging moral perfections of God.  Interesting that Hwang’s downfall has been called a “fall from grace” (see New Scientist).  Would that today’s Royal Society, AAAS and NAS and every other institution of Big Science, repent of their apostasy, and again heed the admonition Robert Boyle wrote in his will, “Wishing them also a most happy success in their laudable attempts to discover the true nature of the works of God, and praying, that they and all other searchers into physical truths may cordially refer their attainments to the glory of the Author of Nature, and the benefit of mankind.”(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Try Google APIs From the Browser with Google APIs Explorer

first_imgToday Google announced the Google APIs Explorer, a Web-based interface for experimenting with the company’s various APIs. So far only seven APIs are supported, Google the company promises to add more soon.The Explorer lets you select a supported service and view a list of supported methods. You can then select a method, fill in the parameters, execute the command and get the results. It seems like a great way to try out an API without writing code. Google’s announcement has a few sample requests to get started with. klint finley The following APIs are currently supported:Buzz APIsCustomSearch APIDiacritize APIModerator APISearch API for ShoppingTranslate APIURL Shortener APIGoogle also launched an interface for working with the Google Apps API without writing code. How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#APIs#hack Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Kevin Curran dies at the age of 53

first_imgKevin Curran dies aged 53Former Zimbabwe batsman and national coach Kevin Curran has died. The 53-year-old collapsed while jogging early this morning in Mutare but a statement from Zimbabwe Cricket said the exact cause of death was yet to be determined.Curran was coach of the Mashonaland Eagles and was in Mutare preparing for their T20 fixture against Mountaineers on Wednesday, which has been postponed.”We are still in shock. Kevin was the epitome of health and we have yet to make sense of this tragic loss,” ZC managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said. “KC’s past and continued contribution to cricket is unquestionable and dates as far back as his playing days, up until the phenomenal work he had been doing at Mash Eagles.””KC had put his heart and soul into developing our franchise and had great plans for our high performance gym and other facilities…his passing will leave a huge void at Mash Eagles and I feel that I have not only lost a key business ally but a friend as well,” Mash Eagles chief executive officer Vimbai Mapukute said.Curran made his international debut during the 1983 World Cup, when Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs. In a four-year career that spanned two World Cups, he scored 287 runs in 11 games with two half-centuries.As a right-arm seamer, he took nine wickets. By the time his country gained Test status, he had almost completed his 10-year qualification for English residency and decided not to return.Curran was one of the most effective overseas players in English cricket in the mid-1980s, scoring 1000 runs in a season five times. He moved to Northamptonshire at the end of 1990, where he played until his retirement in 1999.advertisementHe served as Zimbabwe’s assistant coach before taking charge of Namibia. In September 2004, he returned home as director of coaching at the CFX Cricket Academy in Harare.In August 2005, he replaced Phil Simmons as national coach and held that position till 2007, moving on as head of Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. He coached the Zimbabwe Under-19 team during the World Cup in 2010 and was named in the senior selection panel.last_img read more

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Firmino dreaming of Premier League title glory

first_imgRoberto Firmino believes Liverpool are ready to finally end their long wait for a Premier League title this season.It has been 28 years since the Reds last triumphed in the top flight but there is hope around Merseyside that they can finally end the drought, having reached May’s Champions League final.The likes of Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho have all arrived since to enhance Firmino’s confidence that this could be Liverpool’s season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I am optimistic and I believe ­Liverpool are capable of fighting for the greatest success this season,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.”I also think we have a better team than last season and that the new ­players will improve the performance of the team.”Of course, we know we have to show it on the field and we know that, for our new players, it is not easy to adapt quickly to a new team. But I always think ­positively.”We have shown in the last campaign that our dreams can be fulfilled and that we can return to the path of winning titles. This year, we must not fail and that is the attitude of the ­players.”Certainly my dream is to lift the ­Premier League trophy with Liverpool and that’s what we are trying to do.”Last season Jurgen Klopp’s side finished 25 points behind Manchester City who, like Liverpool, started the new campaign with a victory in their first fixture.Yet Liverpool have beaten City in their previous three meetings in all competitions and Firmino is anticipating a closer title race this term.”City are not invincible, they have lost games too,” he added.”I think the battle for the title is going to be very tough and will go until the very last day. That’s why we’re ­determined to start at the top.”The favourites are the usual ones – City, [Manchester] United, Chelsea and us. I don’t think there will be any big surprises.”But the Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world and so much of the battle is in the head. So let’s see what happens.”All I can promise our supporters is that we will give every last drop and ­finish the season absolutely empty in a bid to win the title.”Firmino is also keen to make amends for the 3-1 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in Kiev.”​The Premier League is our main challenge, but also Europe, after ­reaching the final against Real Madrid and falling down last season,” he explained.”That left us with a bad taste in our mouths, but we have to be patient and go game by game to achieve what we really want this time.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Pakistan cricketer Ahmed Shehzad posts picture after workout. Gets brutally trolled

first_imgAhmed Shehzad played just one game in the ICC Champions Trophy in June and was replaced by Fakhar Zaman afterwards.Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad is the latest cricketer trolled on social media after he posted a post-workout picture on his Twitter handle and was called things like ‘drama queen’ and ‘selfie queen’ by a few of his followers.In the picture, Shehzad could be seen resting in his car while sweating profusely after his workout session in the gym. He captioned the picture, “Sana: howz the feeling of a good work out? Me: (picture)”.Sana: howz the feeling of a good work out?Me: pic.twitter.com/a0mokMAvKo- Ahmad Shahzad (@iamAhmadshahzad) August 8, 2017Hashtag Selfie Queen.Hashtag Drama Queen.- Mehwish (@Mehwish_dr) August 8, 2017Hashtag out of teamHashtag may he never return in the side- J. (@a_socialanimal) August 8, 2017Dude, it is very very unlikely that your wife asked you that.- Talha Ahmed (@_talhaahmed) August 8, 2017Fakhar Zaman kaisa hai??????- Dragon Fly (@Dr_Dragon001) August 8, 2017Bragging at itz best…show off…- Zarar Mir (@zararmir) August 10, 2017Car ka AC sahi karale,if money problem then muthoot gold loan hai na….- Abhinavd Agarwal (@abhinavdagarwal) August 9, 2017Plz make it real in Cricket???- Abuhuraira Ansari (@HurairaOfficial) August 8, 2017Feeling right after Mickey Arthur statement #PakistanZindabad- RFJ (@RajaFasy) August 8, 2017da shoda bacheya la kho. Show off. Dummy Virat kohli- aimal khan (@aimalkhanmandal) August 10, 2017Shehzad last played for Pakistan in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy against India where he scored 12 from 22 balls as Pakistan lost by 124 runs via D/L method.advertisementHe was dropped from the playing XI afterwards and replaced by talented left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman, who went on to amass 252 runs in four games at an average of 63 with two fifties and a brilliant hundred which he scored in the final against India as Pakistan won by a huge margin of 180 runs to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.last_img read more

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Saina, Kashyap guide Awadhe Warriors to 4-3 win in PBL

first_img(Eds: Updating with more results)New Delhi, Dec 30 (PTI) Saina Nehwal scripted a sensational comeback win over Canadas Michelle Li to guide Awadhe Warriors to a superb 4-3 victory over newcomers North Eastern Warriors in the third Premier Badminton League (PBL) here today.The Lucknow-based team, who had opened their campaign with a 4-3 win over defending champion Chennai Smashers in the PBL opener at Guwahati, continued their rampaging run, winning the first three matches — including their Trump match — in the five-match duel to take an unassailable 4-0 lead.World No 10 Saina, who clinched her 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal at the same venue, continued her love affair at the Siri Fort Sports Complex with a 6-15 15-13 15-13 triumph over world No 21 Li, who is interestingly the reigning Commonwealth Games champion.Earlier, Hong Kongs Tang Chun Man and Denmarks Christinna Pedersen clinched Awadhes Trump match against North Easterns Kim Gi Jung and Prajakta Sawant 15-14 15-13 after a hard-fought battle to put their team 2-0 ahead.In the mens singles, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap then came out strongly against Ajay Jayaram, notching up a 15-9 15-12 win to give a 3-0 lead to Awadhe Warriors.World No 3 Kidambi Srikanth, however, suffered a shock 15-10 9-15 6-15 loss to Chinese Taipeis Wang Tzu Wei, ranked 11th, in the second mens singles, as North Eastern logged their first points in the tie.North Easterns then pinned hopes on mens doubles pair of Kim Gi Jung and Shin Baek Cheol and the duo completed the proceedings with a 15-10 15-12 win over Setiawan and Tang Chun Man in their Trump match to narrow the deficit to 3-4.advertisementEarlier, Saina failed to negotiate a series of drop shots from Li early on as the Canadian simply walked away with the opening game.The Indian, however, got her bearing right in the second and the duo were tied 4-4 at one stage. The Indian earned a slender 8-7 lead at the break after Li sent one to the nets.Li showed great defence but a gritty Saina displayed her mettle as she roared back into the contest when her rival went wide after an exciting rally.In the decider, Saina rushed to a 7-1 lead but Li made it 8-9 at one stage before drawing parity at 11-11 with a powerful cross court smash.Saina left one at forecourt and hit long to hand over the lead to Li. A body smash saw Saina make it 13-13.Another engrossing rally and Lis drop shot hit the net to give Saina the match point.A fantastic rally ended with Lis shot going wide again as Saina exploded in celebration.”I couldnt play the last three weeks due to an ankle injury. I didnt have much match practice but I am happy to win. She played well. I couldnt react as I am still sluggish. I need time to get full fitness,” Saina said after the match.”I was moving well in second and third. I was not playing too well but I didnt want to give up.”Earlier, Kashyap zoomed to 5-1 lead early on before grabbing a 8-3 advantage at the first interval. He continued to stay in the drivers seat even as Jayaram struggled to find his rhythm in the first game.Kashyap, who reached the finals at US Open Grand Prix Gold this season, moved to 12-7 after the breather before earning the bragging rights.In the second game, Kashyap headed into the break with a four-point lead against Jayaram, who narrowed the margin to 10-12 at the closing moments. Kashyap, however, eventually closed out the match comfortably. PTI ATK ATKlast_img read more

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